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Hollywood in St. Mary's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Sotterley's Remaining Slave Cabin

 
 
Sotterley's Remaining Slave Cabin Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, January 6, 2013
1. Sotterley's Remaining Slave Cabin Marker
Inscription. In the 18th century, enslaved African Americans were housed in outlying barns and buildings of the plantation, as well as in the passageways of the manor house. By the 19th century, approximately ten slave cabins were constructed between the ravine and the agricultural fields within partial view of the house.

This cabin would have housed an estimated two dozen slaves. The Plantation owner provided little by way of furnishings, so slaves made clothing, furniture and bedding themselves.

Archaeological excavations at this site uncovered a hidden root cellar, and hundreds of artifacts including buttons tools and pottery.

This cabin was built like typical agricultural buildings constructed between the 1930s and 1850s, but these builders hewed the earthfast posts, flat on one side to prevent the 4 1/2" to 5" thick plank walls from buckling. They drove pegs down through holes drilled vertically into planks to keep them stacked. Chinking (clay & mortar) was added between the planking to protect against weather and bugs.

The windows you see were not original to the cabin and were added after the Civil War. The only light in the building would have been from the open doors, fireplace or from candles. The hard packed floor was covered at one time with a wooden floor that was later removed. The loft had
Sotterley's Remaining Slave Cabin Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, January 6, 2013
2. Sotterley's Remaining Slave Cabin Marker
two shuttered openings.
 
Erected by Chesapeake Gateways Network.
 
Location. 38° 22.553′ N, 76° 32.471′ W. Marker is in Hollywood, Maryland, in St. Mary's County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Sotterley Lane and Vista Road. Click for map. The marker is on Sotterley Plantation along the rolling road, south of the main house. Marker is at or near this postal address: 44300 Sotterley Lane, Hollywood MD 20636, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. War Hits Home (within shouting distance of this marker); Tobacco's Impact (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Port of Entry (approx. 0.2 miles away); Rosedale (approx. 1.2 miles away); A Place in Chesapeake History (approx. 2.1 miles away); June 1814 — War Visits the Patuxent (approx. 2.1 miles away); Idyllic Retreat — Beach House on the Point (approx. 2.1 miles away); Smith’s St. Leonard Site (approx. 2.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Hollywood.
 
Also see . . .
1. Sotterley Field Hand's Quarters SM-70. Maryland Inventory of Historic Properties. (Submitted on January 14, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.) 

2. Archaeological Investigations at the Sotterley Plantation Slave Cabin St. Mary's County, Maryland,
Sotterley Slave Cabins image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, January 6, 2013
3. Sotterley Slave Cabins
Due to limited space inside the slave cabins, much activity occurred in the surrounding yards.
. January 1996, Report Prepared By: Jessica L. Neuwirth (Submitted on January 14, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.) 
 
Categories. African Americans
 
Architectural drawing of Sotterley Slave Cabin image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, January 6, 2013
4. Architectural drawing of Sotterley Slave Cabin
Sotterley's Remaining Slave Cabin image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, January 6, 2013
5. Sotterley's Remaining Slave Cabin
Interior of the Slave Cabin image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, January 6, 2013
6. Interior of the Slave Cabin
The main house at Sotterley image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, January 6, 2013
7. The main house at Sotterley
Front gate sign at Sotterley Plantation image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, January 6, 2013
8. Front gate sign at Sotterley Plantation
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 452 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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